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This week members of the OHS Canada team are participating in the Sunrise Challenge to support the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. There's still time to register to support the cause — and give our corporate team a run for our money!
- Brandi Cowen, Editor

As Canada warms, insect-borne diseases spread north

Cases of Lyme disease in Canada have increased more than 1,000 per cent in a decade as the warming climate pushes the boundaries of a range of pathogens and risk factors northward. Populations of exotic mosquito species that could potentially carry illnesses such as dengue and yellow fever have also become established in parts of Ontario.

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How Gilbane reduced hand injuries by 95% in its Federal Division

Learn about Gilbane’s fresh approach to construction hand safety with Superior Glove Hand injuries are the #1 preventable industrial accident.

Digital tool addresses opioids, other substances in labour-intensive industries

While employees working in the trades, including construction and other labour-intensive industries, continue to experience increased challenges with substance use, Toronto-based organization Digital Public Square is taking action via technology. The group has introduced Level Up, an interactive digital tool providing education, links to support services, and other resources for communities at greater risk of substance-related harms.

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Ready to reduce workplace hand injuries?

Every year, millions of workers get injured on the job and a significant number of reported occupational injuries are hand related. The good news is that hand injuries are the number one preventable industrial accident across all industries.

Ontario workplace injury pay now applies to foreign workers who return home

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s new measures to help foreign agricultural workers recover from an on-the-job-injury is a good move, but doesn’t go far enough, says the Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario.

Technical Safety BC reveals top five safety risks

Carbon monoxide exposure remained the highest-ranked safety issue in British Columbia last year, according to Technical Safety BC's 2023 State of Safety report. Each year the organization, which oversees the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment, produces a report outlining the leading safety priorities and risks for British Columbia over the past year.

PEI's WCB lauches online certificate courses and multilingual resources

Prince Edward Island's Workers Compensation Board (WCB) is offering free online certificate courses that cover a variety of compensation and occupational health and safety topics, as well as resources in a broader range of languages to reflect the Island's changing workforce.

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Workplace Safety North confirms Parent as president and CEO

Mike Parent, CRSP, CSP, has been confirmed president and chief executive officer of Workplace Safety North by the organization’s board of directors. He stepped into the role on an interim basis in September 2023. » Read More...

Visitor management's role in workplace violence prevention

At any organization, creating a safe work environment needs to be a top priority. Workplace violence can happen at any time, so organizations need to be prepared to identify potential threats and intervene before issues escalate. » Read More...
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Norfolk Southern fined US$15 million as part of federal settlement over Ohio derailment

The federal government agreed to a modest US$15 million fine for Norfolk Southern over last year's disastrous derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, and the railroad promised to pay more than US$300 million to complete the efforts to improve safety that it announced after the crash and address community health concerns. » Read More...

Families of Marines killed in 2022 Osprey crash sue aircraft manufacturers Boeing, Bell, Rolls Royce

Families of four of the five U.S. Marines killed when their Osprey crashed in California in June of 2022 filed a federal lawsuit Thursday alleging that the aircraft's manufacturers failed to address known mechanical failures that led to the deaths. The Marines were killed when their MV-22 Osprey experienced a catastrophic mechanical failure known as hard-clutch engagement, a known problem with the tilt-rotor aircraft that has happened more than a dozen times since 2010. » Read More...

Singapore Airlines tightens cabin safety rules after turbulence injures staff and passengers, kills one

Singapore Airlines said Friday it will halt meal services and get all cabin crew to buckle up when planes fly through turbulence as part of tighter cabin measures after one person died and dozens were injured on a flight from London last week. » Read More...

Fire at chemical factory in India kills at least nine

Rescuers combed through piles of debris and wreckage Friday searching for bodies after an explosion and fire at a chemical factory in western India killed at least nine people and injured 64 others, officials said. » Read More...

Longtime ASSP member earns Prevention Through Design Award

Bruce Main, P.E., CSP and longtime member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), has been awarded the 2024 Prevention Through Design (PtD) Award. The honour is presented to those who demonstrate outstanding leadership in reducing workplace hazards through design methods. » Read More...


Measles is a humanitarian issue, and its unwelcome reappearance in Canada is a reminder of its importance

As a medical organization, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is no stranger to measles, which has long been a serious and ongoing concern in many places where MSF operates. However, new challenges, such as the disruption of health systems caused by COVID-19, have underscored the importance of measles as a public health concern. » Read More...

Coaching tips for developing a personalized mental fitness plan for long-term well-being

What is a mental fitness plan? The simple answer is a daily commitment to promote physical and mental well-being. A person must be motivated and have the knowledge and skills to create a personalized mental fitness plan. They must understand why, what, and how such a plan can benefit their long-term physical and mental health. Motivation is important but seldom enough. » Read More...

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